The Garden Guide

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

A nineteenth century public park and botanical garden. The design competition was won by Robert Marnock in 1834. The pavilions were designed by B B Taylor in 1834. There is a transition from a terrace at the north of the garden, down the slope to a wilder area with a pond. Loudon, in 1839, noted that 'There is a noble broad terrace walk in front of the [conservatory] houses, and another which proceeds from it at right angles down the slope; and it may be useful to those laying out walks on slopes, to state that the inclination of this terrace walk, though at the rate of about five eighths ot an inch to a foot, or about 1 in 20, is quite agreeable to walk on, both up and down, backwards and forwards. In a practical point of view, this fact will be found of considerable importance; for example, in laying out terraces or Italian gardens, or public promenades'. The Heritage Lottery Urban Park Forum awarded the Gardens a £5 million grant and the Gardens has undergone a £6.69m restoration finishing at the end of 2005.

Head Gardener's Comment

The gardens are divided into a series of themed areas. These range from the formal Victorian Garden to the informal woodland area. There is something for everyone and the garden is an oasis just one mile from the city centre.

Photograph © Sheffield BG


Opened in 1836.
Restoration of the pavilions, other buildings and gardens completed 2005.

Plants of note

NCCPG National Collections of Weigela, Diervilla and Sarcococca.

Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S10 2LN

All year. Daily (except 25th December). Last weekend in March to Last Weekend in October: Open 8am (10am weekends and bank holidays) to 7.45pm or dusk Last weekend in October to Last Weekend in March: 8am (10am weekends and bank holidays) to 4pm October to March.


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